Lough Egish Food Park located between, Ballybay, Carrickmacross and Castleblayney on the shores of the lake that gives the park its name, has developed as an industrial nucleus. Lough Egish Dairy Co-operative and Dairy Society established there in 1901 and currently operate as Lakeland Dairies. The area has become an established industrial hub, with particular regard for food processing and distribution.


Lough Egish is located along a Regional Road axis and is just 10 minutes from the National Road network at Castleblayney and Carrickmacross which provides good journey times to the country’s ports and airports.

Table – journey times (mins)

  Dublin airport Belfast Int. airport Dundalk port Drogheda port Dublin port Warrenpoint port
Lough Egish to 82 114 48 59 89 75

Business Space

Lough Egish  Food Park
In 2012 Castlecool, now Agro Merchants, launched the second phase of its 62 acre Food Park. In a county with a dominant food processing industry, the Food Park plays a critical role in the supply chain industry. A flexible and efficient distribution and logistics network allows for the coordination of inputs and outputs in a cost effective, safe and efficient way to meet the demands of internal and export markets, making the Food Park ideal for food processing and manufacturing companies.

The Food Park is home to a number of national and international brands including:

  • Agro Merchants
  • Lakeland Dairies
  • Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd
  • Swift Fine Foods
  • Tomco Foods
  • Nest Box
  • Glanbia
  • Rangeland Meats
  • Malone Foods
  • Karro McGee
  • Platinum Tanks
  • Steel Formed Sections
  • Tuskar Construction

The facility has a two million gallon per day potable water supply, its own on-site electricity supply substation, piped natural gas and effluent treatment system.

Units on site range from 650 square metres to 1,850 square metres along with sites available for new build.
Agroi Merchants’ 16,800 square metre chill facility offers eight segregated stores which range in temperature from ambient, chill, deep chill and frozen. The 11 dock levellers and indoor tautliner loading facility, make it an ideal location for cross docking, value added services such as blast freezing, order picking and food testing, and support services such as telesales, order management and other outsourcing business functions.

To companies located in the Food Park, the facility also provides national and international distribution capabilities and groupage services to the UK and Europe.

Other available business space:
At Lough Egish a number of other facilities are available, including 3,300 square metres of recently constructed industrial/business units.

Water Services

Lough Egish has ample provision for water supply and treatment. The current demand for drinking water for the Lough Egish / Castleblayney / Ballybay area is 4,200 m³/day with a treatment capacity of 8,000 m³/day